It sounds like a rather ridiculous question, but headaches are probably amongst the most medicated symptoms in our Western world. We tend to look at the fastest remedy because symptoms, particularly headaches are perceived as a nuisance. Indeed we are encouraged to view them this way as adults. However, if your child had a lot of headaches, would you view it the same way? Probably not, because as concerned parents we are not keen on consistently medicating a problem our child has. Instead we are more likely to find out the underlying cause(s). This could be in part because long-term over the counter medication is not encouraged for children, but more likely it’s because we view our children as being perfect little people, and therefore finding them in pain is naturally a major concern. Why don’t we treat ourselves as well?Asking these sorts of questions often leads us to the real lack: we lack time, we lack the energy, there is too much else going on. It’s not a priority if I can block it out. Well, here’s a couple of things to think about doing. See if they help you before you reach for the pills:
- Drink more water. Sip a glass of water until it’s all gone. Then have a large glass or bottle by your side all day.
- Have a cup of black coffee. This is a test to see if there is a vascular cause that needs investigating: if caffeine settles your headaches, you may need to consult your health professional.
- Rest – get to bed early, and don’t have distractions (tablets etc) nearby.
- Cut down screen time. Eye strain is a leading cause of headaches. You may also need to check when you last had your eyes checked.
- Take a break and get some fresh air: when was the last time you had a 20 minute walk and concentrated on something other than work or family? Get out and switch off.
I hope that these tips help. As always, contact us if you have any questions. Your mind and body may thank you for it!